Township Supervisor expresses concerns on the Village of Kalkaska becoming a city

By: 
Katherine Brand

KALKASKA TOWNSHIP — As the Village of Kalkaska continues to make progress in the process of becoming a city, Kalkaska Township Supervisor Michael Winter expressed concerns about how that change would affect village residents and the village’s relationship with Kalkaska Township.

As far as how the Village of Kalkaska becoming a city would affect the township, Winter said “the township would no longer receive $50,000 in tax money” from village residents. If the village became a city, city residents would no longer have to pay those taxes to the township, but “what the village council… are not telling the village residents is that their expenses would go up about $150,000 annually to save $50,000. They’re telling them they’re going to save them this tax money, but they’re not telling them how much it’s going to cost them to do that.”

This increase in spending that would come with being a city is due to certain services the city would have to provide itself that are currently provided by the township, according to Winter.

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